§ MR. FELL (Great Yarmouth)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider the advisability of making inquiry respecting the sale and transfer of the English line of steamers on the Nile to a German Company, with the view to taking steps to see that the interests of this country in Egypt are not prejudiced.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Sir Edward Grey.) We understand that the Hamburg-American Steamship Company has joined with the Anglo-American Nile Steamer and Hotel Company in establishing a service of steamers on the Nile, and that the new Company will be known as the Hamburg and Anglo-American Nile Company. The establishment of this Company does not appear to be open to any objection, and the matter is not one in which any inquiry on the part of His Majesty's Government would seem to be necessary or in which they could interfere.